Manila, Philippines – United Nations Public Service Day observed on June 23 each year celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the community and recognizes that democracy and successful governance are built on a foundation of a competent civil service. The event highlights the contributions of public servants in the development process and encourages young people to pursue careers in public service.
Public office is truly a public trust. Office and trust imply sense of duty and moral liability. The higher the office, the greater is the authority or power derived from the position.
Public servants are expected to follow a set of rules that describe what a public official should do or not in specific situations. Ethics or values are the principles that codes of conduct and other governance policies are based on.
The highest standards of behavior are required in public service. Whether a public servant works in international organizations or government agencies, public service should be honest, effective, and efficient.
We greet the United Nations led by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Division for Public Administration and Development Management Director Haiyan Qian, Public Administration Branch Head John-Mary Kauzya, Public Administration Capacity Branch Administrator Adriana de Lima Alberti, and Community and Outreach Administration Head Michelle Alves de Lima, Officials and Personnel, on the occasion of the United Nations Public Service Day. The Manila Bulletin, led by its Chairman of the Board Dr. Emilio T. Yap, President and Publisher Atty. Hermogenes P. Pobre, Executive Vice President Dr. Emilio C. Yap III, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Cris J. Icban Jr., Business Editor Loreto D. Cabañes, and Officers, wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS!